Archaeological solutions to clients in Kent and the surrounding counties

Who We Are

Richard Taylor

Archaeological Director – oversees all archaeological fieldwork and surveying

A qualified teacher, archaeologist, and published writer with experience in various archaeological and educational leadership roles, Richard is currently Archaeological Director for Darnley Archaeological Services. He also works as the Deputy General Manager of the Kent Archaeological Society, Editor of the Kent Archaeological Society magazine and co-presenter of Channel 4’s Great British Dig.

After studying History at King’s College London and Archaeology at University College London, Richard taught GCSE & A-Level History and P.E. at secondary schools in Kent and later lectured on BTEC and higher Education Sports courses. In 2012, he went on to work with Youth Team Academy graduates at professional football clubs in the southeast.

In 2013 Richard worked as a Community Archaeologist for Kent County Council to develop a youth-focused heritage education strategy and broaden heritage volunteer participation. After that, he concentrated on his archaeological career, specialising in mitigating archaeological planning conditions such as archaeological evaluations, watching briefs and desk-based assessments.

Richard’s broad research interests include the construction and location of British prehistoric monuments, prehistoric pottery, and modern combat archaeology.

Fred Birkbeck

Projects Director – oversees all consultancy and client project management

An archaeologist specialising in geophysical survey with interest in the area north of Canterbury, Fred is currently Projects Director for Darnley Archaeological Services. He also works as the Fundraising Manager for the Kent Archaeological Society and is a CAA licensed drone pilot.

Fred has previously worked as an Archaeologist for ASE/UCL before becoming freelance and eventually co-founding Darnley Archaeological Services. After going to school in South London, Fred embarked on a career in the City of London, working for Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan as a Senior Researcher in their Corporate Finance departments for 16 years. Following this, he pursued an ambition to live abroad. He moved to Malaga, living there for ten years, running several marketing operations while working as a research consultant. Fred adopted a new career in teaching, eventually progressing to Director of Studies.

After returning to the UK, Fred decided to follow his interest in history and culture, going back to full-time education as an undergraduate in Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent, achieving a first-class honours degree and Honorary Membership of Kent Union in recognition of his contribution to student engagement, welfare and inclusion.?

Fred’s main areas of interest lie in landscape archaeology, transition and assimilation of ancient cultures and pre-historic monuments.